Remember the stunning Jaguar C-X16 concept that debuted at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show? Guess what, kids – it's coming to production. Well, sort of.

Jaguar has officially announced that a new entry-level sports car will come to market next year and that it will indeed carry the "F-Type" moniker. But unlike the coupe concept that we saw in Frankfurt, the automaker has revealed that the F-Type will be a two-seat roadster.

No other official details have been confirmed, though Jaguar's press release confirms that "a range of engines will be available, including a new powerplant family." For reference, the C-X16 concept came with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 – good for 376 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque – matched with a "Push to Pass" hybrid system controlled by a steering wheel-mounted button that delivers an additional 92 hp and 173 lb-ft of twist when pressed.

Jaguar will announce the full F-Type model range and details later this year (likely at the Paris Motor Show) and the car will go on sale in mid-2013. Scroll down for the official press release and to watch – and hear – a disguised prototype.

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• The all-new Jaguar F-TYPE sports car will expand the Jaguar model line

• As the largest sports car market in the world, the United States will be a prime market

• The Jaguar "Alive" campaign accelerates with this new product announcement

NEW YORK (April 4, 2012) – Today at the New York International Auto Show, Jaguar formally announced that an all-new sports car will enter production; the Jaguar F-TYPE. A true two-seat sports car, the Jaguar F-TYPE will launch as a convertible becoming the fourth model in the current line of innovative and seductive cars, along with the XF sports sedan, the XJ luxury sedan and the XK coupe/convertible.

Benefitting from Jaguar's leading expertise in aluminum vehicle construction, the Jaguar F-TYPE will focus uncompromisingly on delivering a rewarding drive experience. A range of engines will be available, including a new powerplant family. All will deliver stunning sports car performance.

Speaking at the New York auto show Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, confirmed: "We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we've accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car. That car will be called the Jaguar F-TYPE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year. The core appeal of Jaguar's cars is their sporting heart, and that heart will beat stronger than ever before in the F-TYPE. Its development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand, and the desire amongst our engineers and design team to produce a world-leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long. But no longer, the F-TYPE is coming."

This day also marks the point at which the rigorous development program for the Jaguar F-TYPE moves into the final road testing phase. Engineering prototypes are now being placed into service at Jaguar's Castle Bromwich plant in the British Midlands. This is the same plant at which will build the production car.

Ian Hoban, Jaguar's Vehicle Line Director said: "The engineering development of the F-TYPE has focused on delivering a heightened level of dynamic driving reward. We are excited about our progress to date and are looking forward to soon being able to demonstrate what we have achieved."

Ian Callum, Director of Design, said: "A true sports car needs to be pure in both its purpose and its form; to have the opportunity to produce such a car for Jaguar has been a privilege both for myself and for my team. The C-type, D-type and E-type Jaguars were all sports cars that held true to this principle in their era, and the F-TYPE will hold true to that same principle in its time, a time that is soon to arrive."

Full Jaguar F-TYPE technical and model range details will be announced later in 2012. It will go on sale in mid-2013.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope they still plan on building the coupe. It's just too pretty not too.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spyshots: Top Gear says coupe will come:
      • 3 Years Ago
      that C-X16 concept - new F Type - pretty much looks the same as the current XK, which is 6 year old sheetmetal. except for a new front and rear clip I guess
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please give us a 6spd manual!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ragtop? What a bummer...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sorry, maybe it's just the bracket that cuts across the grill and breaks it up that I don't like: damn license plate holders!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds great, inline6? I know CX-16 came with a V6 but the note the engine in the video makes just doesn't sound like a traditional V6. It sounds great so really I don't care what's under that hood. Speaking of the hood and front fascia, it looks more current XK than the CX-16. The open, squared off mouth on the CX-16 and the air intakes all worked together to make it look aggressive and beautiful. This looks rounded off too much, oval if you will, and like the XK, kind of dopey in the face: I really hope not though, please don't pull another C-XF to production XF front fascia and lights debacle, please!
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hells Yeah!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The exhaust note in the video sounds very, very good. It's definitely a Jag.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the "Search F Type" banner on the side. Just brings up Jag's older, albeit gorgeous looking, F-Type concept car from 12 years ago. Still, this looks to be a pretty good car, like a smaller (and hopefully more nimble) XK8 vert. If it's anything like the C-X16 concept, Jaguar will have a production car that'll outshine Aston Martin, IMO something they haven't done since the XJ220.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Old F-type is one of the best designs in automotive history. I hope this one will be the same. Knowing it's a Jag, I don't see any reason for it NOT to look beautiful.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought the c-x16 looked awsome, just build the concept.
      • 3 Years Ago
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